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“With a strong sense of place, a genuine voice, vibrant characters and a metaphoric focus, it’s as satisfying as a fine novel.”—Terese Allen, author of The Flavor of Wisconsin

About the Author

Tomás Graves lives in Deià, Majorca. He is a master craftsman of typographic design and letterpress printing and formerly operated the New Seizin Press with his wife, Carmen. He also plays in a rock band, contributes articles to Connoisseur magazine, and is the author of A Home in Majorca: A Practical Guide to the Traditional House and Rural Life. The son of celebrated British poet and classicist Robert Graves, he was born and raised in Majorca.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (August 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780299179908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299179908
  • ASIN: 0299179907
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,124,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tomas Graves captures the cultural nuances of Mallorca in his narrative. The book is a translation of the original Catalan text and some linguistic intimacy with his native readers seems to disappear in English. As a frequent visitor to the island, his descriptions of local life and customs had a lot of relevance to me that could easily be lost on someone who has not been to Mallorca or only experienced the island's garish holiday life. As he describes his favorite rembrances of island life and his personal experiences expressed around the singular theme of bread and oil, the repetiveness of the theme is noticeable, but Graves seems to expect the reader to bear with him as he shares his thoughts and stories. I enjoyed his verbal pictures of Mallorca enough to buy his latest book, Tuning Up at Dawn, which is about his Mallorcan remembrances of life as a musician.
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